Monday, December 31, 2012

Bonne Année~ A Parisian New Year’s Eve Feast

I like to usher in the New Year at home with lovely cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres.

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There are certain elements that I love when creating a pretty presentation fit for a New Year’s Eve party.

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A collection of plates, forks and napkins piled high on a silver tray sets a festive tone.

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Next of course is food.

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A lovely combination of sweet and savory goodness.

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For 2013 I selected a Parisian theme in monochromatic shades worthy of a grand Bonne année.

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For sweet offerings there is of course small tokens of chocolate…

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… as well as a luscious lemon tart.

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Savory selections include brie bites, an assortment of cheeses and spiced nuts.

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For those who have started their new years diet early: an offering of crisp vegetables and a light sour cream dip.

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Champagne is of course the drink of choice. But I myself prefer a champagne cocktail.

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My favorite concoction is the “Moonwalk”. It was created in 1969 for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin by Joe Gilmore, head barman at the Savoy Hotel's American Bar. It is oh so easy to mix and wonderfully delicious.

For one cocktail

1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
2~3 drops rose water
champagne or sparkling wine, to top

Instructions
Fill a cocktail shaker or pitcher with ice, add Grand Marnier, grapefruit juice and rosewater, vigorously shake or mix. Strain into a champagne glass; top with champagne.

Enjoy responsibly!

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To see the table setting go HERE.

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To make the party hats go HERE.

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I know the vast majority of bloggers took last week off, but I am opting to take the next few days to finally decorate my office. See you in 2013. May it be happy, healthy and prosperous for all!

What will you be serving this New Year’s Eve?

Laura

Linking to:

StoneGable, Designs by Gollum, ASTL, BNOTP

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fresh and New

I can’t wait to hang up my new calendar.


The old calendar hangs on the side of the refrigerator almost literally by a thread. Its worn pages were reinforced by staples and duct tape probably mid way thru the past year.

It is an eyesore. I shall be glad to be rid of it.

Reality tells me that it is actually the year I cannot wait to put behind me.
Truthfully, I feel like that old calendar.
I know deep down that turning a page will not erase the life that was lived this past year.

I think about lessons learned. Painful. Hard.
But I also think about wisdom gained. Joy. Love. 

It’s my choice what I carry into this new year.

Heartache or Happiness.

I visualize in my mind a well worn plastic platter that is lopsided, stained and has a hole smack dab in the center where heat has melted it clean through.


It is piled high with all the garbage that I have encountered, collected or had dumped on me this past year.

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I present this ugly platter to Him.

He takes it.

In return He offers me a priceless and beautiful silver tray on which I can carry only truly lovely things.


It’s my choice.

I know what I am choosing to carry into the New Year, what about you?
Laura

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” ~ Isaiah 46:4

UPDATE

So many of you sent emails/left FB comments on last week’s “Faith and Christmas Miracles” post.

Sweet Boy proclaimed that it was the BEST Christmas ever!

I have to agree.

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Comments are turned off in observance of the Sabbath.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Parisian New Year’s Eve Party~ Bonne Année

The dining room has been decked out in Parisian pizazz!

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Paper clock faces and gold balls adorn one window while another merrily wishes party goers “Bonne Année”!

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Simple clock faces were found online, printed out on heavy cardstock paper and embellished with glitter.

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The banner was created with the “Harrington” font, size 600, and printed out on old atlas pages. The edges were then embellished with a scrapbook punch.

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The table is set for an intimate dinner party.

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The chandelier got gussied up with vintage French postcard images.

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A birds eye view of the festive centerpiece.

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Eiffel towers under glass.

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Small bits of greenery, old mercury ornaments and garland help to create an erethral effect.

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The back of every chair features a large tulle bow and a clock ornament found at Kohl’s after Christmas clearance sale.

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Each place setting features vintage silver paper placemats, damask napkins and great grandmother’s silver.

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For my beloved: a French postcard favor wishing “Bonne Année” is sewn into a paper pocket that hold kisses of course.

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The children receive similar sweets showcasing seasonal siblings.

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Parisian party hats perk up each place setting.

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Old silver, a scattering of mercury ornaments and crystal garland grace the table top. 

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Let the countdown begin!

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Wishing you and yours a very Bonne Année!

Laura

Here’s a sneak peek of Monday’s festive Bonne Année feast:

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Linking to:

The Charm of Home, Common Ground, StoneGable, SSS, Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello, Positively Splendid,The 36th Avenue, Jennifer Rizzo, BNOTP, ASTL, Someday Crafts

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Parisian Party Hats for New Years Eve

Back in early December I shared that I was planning a Parisian tablescape for New Year’s Eve.

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I thought it might be fun to give you a sneak peek and provide a tutorial for pretty party hats.

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To create the hat base I used a free template found at Jones Design Company. I had some old atlas pages that worked well. 

Time Saving TIP: Print the image directly onto heavy paper versus making a pattern, tracing and then cutting out the template. 

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After the hat was cut out various bits of leftover tinsel and trim were hot glued to the bottom. The two edges were then glued together to create a cone shape.

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Old clock face images were found on Google and The Graphics Fairy. White craft glue and glitter add a bit of sparkle.

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Scrapbooking paper punches in various sizes helped to create a rosette of sorts.

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Chipboard letters and feathers also add in some fun.

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Pearl picks propel the pizazz.

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Bits of tinsel or pom poms finish off the top tip.

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Happy.

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Happier.

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Go HERE to view the Parisian Party.

Laura

See you on Monday for Parisian Party Food!

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Linking to:

 The Charm of Home, Common Ground, Today’s Creative Blog, Someday Crafts, Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello, Positively Splendid,The 36th Avenue, Jennifer Rizzo

A Look Back at 2012

Shall we take a stroll down memory lane?

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Way back in January napkin rings were created from scraps of antique fabric and lace.

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February brought forth Valentine bon bon baskets.

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March was filled with such floral fancies as as the Daisy chair

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…a $7 springtime wreath

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…and a springtime terrarium tutorial.

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April sprung forth with vintage inspired resurrection eggs.

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As well as a necklace holder made from a vintage window.

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May brought with it a collection of lampshade knockoffs.

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June ushered in organization via vintage spice jars.

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In July Sweet Boy shared that anyone can install a light fixture~ even a 10 year old!

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During the hot month of August I asked “Does your home tell your story?”

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September’s bounty included a painted Provençal buffet.

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I challenged myself to write 31 posts in October and actually did it. Here are a few posts from the “31 Days of Décor” series that continue to be viewed again and again.

“Create a Fabulous Front Porch for Under $10.”

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“Paper Pumpkin Pouches”

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“Hollywood Regency Style”

“British Colonial Style”

With the holidays approaching all thoughts turned towards home in November.

“Colonial Style” was adored by many.

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As was the “Colonial Wreaths of Williamsburg”.

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As the year began to draw to a close holiday merriment was as high as Santa’s sleigh. While several of DTA’s holiday themed tutorials whirled around blogland, your favorite December post was the entire collection of DTA’s Christmas décor and crafts:

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These past few days I’ve been working on decorating my office, hanging a vintage light fixture and trying to talk Mr. Décor into painting the kitchen cabinets. It appears that 2013 will be full of future favorites!

Laura

Linking to:

TT& J, Southern Hospitality, Someday Crafts and Craftberry Bush